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Emily Eden

  • It is always so, every pleasure comes exactly half an hour too late — Life! Life!

  • I did not come here to talk poetry and discontent, some people think them synonymous.

  • ... what are we all sent into the world for, but to be of use to each other?

  • There is nothing so catching as refinement.

  • Why is it that fools always have the instinct to hunt out the unpleasant secrets of life, and the hardiness to mention them?

  • ... what a fine quality, what an absolute virtue Tact is. Lady Portmore never had a grain of it — a misfortune that fell more heavily on her friends than on herself.

  • Nothing is too bad to be true, Mr. Douglas, and nothing is true that is not bad. Those are two axioms I never can persuade you to remember ...

Emily Eden, English writer

(1797 - 1869)